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The research forms part of a major European programme examining the links between regulation and innovation across a number of sectors. The project bring together the two strands of concern encompassed by the current state of the recycling industry and the unresolved questions concerning links between regulation and innovation. The overall objectives can be summarised as follows:

-To define the drivers for recycling across a pre-defined set of industrial sectors. -To identify and compare the regulatory contexts of recycling activities across different European countries.
-To determining the regulatory barriers to the optimisation of recycling.
-To evaluate the impact of regulation on technological and organisational innovation under these different conditions (countries and sectors).
-To develop recommendations on how regulation can promote innovation in recycling.

In essence, the goal was to determine the interplay between regulations and product, organisation and process innovation. An underlying aim was to identify and learn from good practice across Europe. This report focuses particularly on the latter three of the five objectives summarised above.

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Authors: BUCHINGER E, Autrian Research Centre (AT);FEGERL H, Autrian Research Centre (AT);ERWIN F, Autrian Research Centre (AT);RAMMER C, Autrian Research Centre (AT);VERHEUL H, TNO-STB (NL);TUKKER A, TNO-STB (NL);KUNTZE U, ISI (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19623 EN (2000), 117pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: DG-JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, W.T.C. Isla de la Cartuja, E-41092 Sevilla (ES) tel:+34-95-4488405 fax:+34-95-4488339
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